Plant Dye Workshop Series with Mona Lewis
Highland Hall will be presenting a rare opportunity to learn plant dyeing from our own handwork expert, Mona Lewis!
Saturdays, from 1 to 4 pm: Nov. 10, Feb. 9, Apr. 13
If you are interested in learning about the exciting world of natural plant dyes,Highland Hall is offering a three-part series of dye workshops where students will explore dyeing with herbs and flowers, exotic woods and even bugs!
We expect this very special series to sell out quickly as participation is limited to 20 privileged people. Enroll now to reserve your spot! The series price is $190 including materials, or $70 per session.
All participants will take home a dyed skein of yarn and silks from each workshop.
November 10: Exploring the Mysteries of the Colors All Around Us
"Each plant has a special quality all its own and a gift to give us. You may be surprised to find out what that might be."
Using fresh herbs and flowers from the hillsides and the kitchen, you will dye two silk scarves and a skein of wool yarn. You will also receive a tutorial for the mordent process along with the sources for the ingredients.
February 9: The Rock Stars of the Plant Dye World
"Before the sea routes to America were discovered, Red and Purple dyes were extremely hard to come by. Murex shellfish were used to create purple dye. It took 1,200 shell fish to make 1.5 ounces of pure dye. Imagine how rare and expensive it was!When Brazilwood and Logwood were discovered in South America everything changed."
You will dye two silk scarves and a skein of wool yarn.You will also learn how the addition of some simple ingredients can add more color possibilities to the dye pot.
We will finish with a small braiding project to make a trim suitable for any Renaissance garment.
April 13: Bugs are the Best!
"Another natural dye that changed history actually comes from insects! The cochineal is a scale insect which lives on the Prickly Pear cactus. Since 1,000 BCE, cochineal was used in South and Central America. When it became available in Europe in the 1600s, it was worth its weight in gold."
You will dye two silk scarves and a skein of wool yarn, and discover the vibrant reds and sweet pinks this special dye can yield. (Don't worry, we don't have to gather them, Mona has a source for the freeze-dried version.You will also be introduced to the modifying bath, or after-bath technique, for some extra surprises